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Assault Tied to Overcrowding and Negligent Control of Weapons Results in $10,000 Settlement

On July 23, 1999, the District of Columbia agreed to pay $10,000 to a man who was brutally assaulted while in juvenile detention at D.C.’s Youth Center I.

The complaint, filed by Roy Harris, alleged that his assault was the result of the District maintaining Youth Center I over capacity, and the negligent control of homemade knives.

Harris further alleged that he received negligent medical care for his injuries to his face.

Harris was represented by Douglass Sparks of Washington, D.C. See: Harris v. District of Columbia, No. 98-3229 (D.C. Sup. Ct.).

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